Q & A

HUD Publishes Preservation Workbook and Recapitalization Spreadsheet

October 13, 2017    

HUD’s Office of Recapitalization recently published two documents designed to support the exploration and decision-making that you’ll undertake to preserve your site. HUD’s Office of Recapitalization defines “preservation” in terms of three major goals—...

Legislation Introduced to Protect Children from Lead Poisoning

October 13, 2017    

Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) along with Tim Scott (R-SC), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Todd Young (R-IN), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) recently introduced the “Lead-Safe Housing for Kids Act of 2017” (S. 1854) to protect children living in federally assisted housing from...

Study Shows Share of Rent-Burdened Households Declining

October 13, 2017    

A recent report by the NYU Furman Center entitled “2017 National Rental Housing Landscape: Renting in the Nation’s Largest Metros” examined rental housing trends from 2006 to 2015 in the 53 metropolitan areas with populations over one million in 2015, with a particular focus on...

HUD Considers Regulatory and Administrative Waivers for PHAs in Disaster Areas

October 13, 2017    

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) recently published a notice in the Federal Register listing regulatory and administrative waivers it will consider if requested by public housing agencies (PHAs) in areas officially designated by the Major Disaster Declarations (MDD)...

PHA Didn't Administer Its Operating and Capital Funds Properly

October 13, 2017    

HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) audited a public housing agency because it was classified as a troubled PHA and based on OIG’s risk analysis of PHAs located in the State of New Jersey. The objective of the audit was to determine whether the PHA administered its operating and...

PHA Didn't Administer Its Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Program Properly

October 13, 2017    

HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) selected a PHA for audit based on a referral from HUD’s Office of Labor Standards Enforcement in Seattle. The referral alleged that when the PHA assigned 24 project-based vouchers to the recently constructed site, it didn’t properly...

Owner Mismanaged Its HUD-Insured Section 202 Site

October 13, 2017    

HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) audited a site because it was a high-risk multifamily project on its multifamily risk assessment for projects within the region. The audit objectives were to determine whether the project owner disbursed project funds for costs that were reasonable,...

PHA Violated Resident’s Due Process Rights

October 13, 2017    

Facts: A Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program participant sued the local PHA for allegedly violating her procedural due process rights by effectively terminating her HCV assistance without making an official determination that she was subject to termination from the...

Owner Not Liable for Religious Discrimination

October 13, 2017    

Facts: A married Muslim couple who dress in traditional attire sought to rent an apartment at a low-income site. After being denied, the couple sued the owner for religious discrimination under the Fair Housing Act.

The rental application asked for a variety information...

HUD Publishes 2018 Fair Market Rents, Adopts New FMR Methodology

September 27, 2017    

HUD recently released its fair market rents (FMRs) for Fiscal Year 2018. An FMR is a gross rent estimate that includes the base rent, as well as any essential utilities that the tenant would be responsible for paying, such as gas or electric. It does not include nonessential utilities such as...

House Passes FY 2018 Omnibus Spending Bill

September 27, 2017    

The House of Representatives recently passed a $1.23 trillion Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 omnibus spending bill that includes funding for HUD. The Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act for FY 2018, H.R. 3354, is now headed to the Senate. However, the bill is not expected to be brought...

Senate Confirms Pam Patenaude as HUD Deputy Secretary

September 27, 2017    

The Senate recently confirmed Pamela Patenaude as Deputy Secretary of HUD by an 80-17 vote. In her role as deputy secretary, Patenaude will coordinate much of the day-to-day operations of HUD, working closely with the assistant secretaries and other leaders of 16 programs and support offices...